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Dearly Beloved
Worship
Easter Egg Hunt
Third Friday Dinner
Members Doing Mission
Musical Summer Camp
EACM Fundraiser
Habitat for Humanity
Creative Person Wanted
Our Concerns
Session Members and Deacons
Greeters
EACM Need of the Week
Birthdays

Dearly Beloved,


And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Genesis 2:7 (KJV) There are so many threads of thought in those words that one is tempted to stretch one or all of them too far. So we will try to be more modest here.
 
The easier ones are these: the man is ‘a-dam and the dust (or the clay) of the ground is a-dam-ah.
 
Human (from humus) beings are of the earth. They are grounded. Thus “earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. “As such, Adam” can also be translated as “earthling” and a-dam-ah as “earth.”
 
It gets trickier when we examine the inter-relationships between “breathed,” “breath,” and “living “soul.” All of these are soul words, words for the Spirit of God and of humanity. In Hebrew, three words are commonly translated as “soul or spirit: Ru-ach, Ne-fesh, and Nesh-a-mah. These three words can also carry specific connotations such as “wind”, “animated spirit,” “living creature,” or other similar expressions.
 
In Greek much the same is at play. There are two primary words for soul in Greek: one is psue-kay — from which the words psychology and psychiatry are derived, as in study or medical treatment of the soul. The other is pneuma, from which pneumonia is derived, having to do directly with the breath or with the lungs. No wonder that our ancestors were quick to say “God bless you” to anyone who sneezed. The fear was that such a person had just expelled his or her soul.
 
In a couple of places, (Genesis 6:3 and Job 34:14), the idea of God holding his breath has dire consequences: “If God were to withdraw his Spirit, all life would disappear and mankind would turn again to dust.”
 
God’s breath, therefore, is thought of as the animating force in all of creation. It is the divine source of life, in both physical and spiritual terms. It sets things in motion and keeps them that way until their purpose is fulfilled.
 
I bore you with all this to invite one and all (including friends and family, neighbors and co workers) to our Lenten study on the Wednesdays of Lent, from March 8 through April 5. The evenings begin with a light supper at 5:30, with the study beginning at 6:30, and should finish up by 7:30. The supper will be light and good and good for you. If you prefer to eat elsewhere, feel free to join us for the discussion. The suppers will begin with a spoken or sung Grace, and end with a meditation and a prayer of intercession.
 
The Book we are reading and discussing is When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, a Stanford-trained neurosurgeon who died at age 37, just as his life was coming together and his considerable talents were ready to be put to the service of humankind. Thank God he lived long enough to tell about it, at least his last precious days. Commenting on an article Dr. Kalanithi wrote for the New York Times, fellow writer- physician Abraham Verghese declares, “Paul’s writing was simply stunning. He could have been writing about anything and it would have been just as powerful. But he wasn't writing about anything. He was writing about time and what it meant to him now, in the context of his illness, which made it all so incredibly poignant.”
 
But here’s the thing I must come back to: His prose was unforgettable. Out of his pen he was spinning gold.

As you begin reading this fantastic book, you will be challenged by these words from the poet Baron Brooke Fulke Greville: (1554-1628)
 
“You that seek what life is in death, now find it air that once was breath.”
 
While engaging with others about Dr. Kalanithi’s literary masterpiece, you may understand that it and our discussion comprise a vital commentary on Genesis 2:7.
 
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
 
You can get the book from Amazon (click here) if you want to do that. Or you can call the church office and we will do the ordering for you. Or don't order it and don't read it. Just come to supper! And let us know that you are for coming for the study or the supper or both so we can provide you with a place at the table. Please click here to RSVP.
 
As Ever,
Dee

Worship

Ash Wednesday: Please join us for an Ash Wednesday worship service on Wednesday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Annual Meeting: The congregation is called to our annual meeting on Sunday, March 5, at the conclusion of the 11 a.m. worship service to look at the 2017 budget, approve the terms of call for our Co-Pastors, and hear a report from the nominating committee. 

Third Friday Dinner

Churchwide Adult Potluck
March 17, at 6:30 p.m.
Hosted by Ann Walthall
Co-hosted by Sylvia Hagy and Don and Joyce Ann Walker
at 505 Dorsey Way
Bring your favorite appetizer, side dish or dessert and
something to drink. We will provide the main course.
RSVP to the church office or click here.
Childcare is available at church but reservations are required.
Celebrate the Season with an EASTER EGG HUNT
Anchorage Presbyterian Church grounds
March 26, 12:30 p.m.
 Bring your basket and join the fun!
No pets please. 
Volunteers are needed to help with the Easter Egg Hunt. We are asking for the following:
· Church members to donate individually wrapped candy
· People to help with egg hiding and crowd control
· Volunteers to bring child-friendly snacks
 
Candy should be delivered to the church by Friday, March 18.
Please call the church office at 245-5818 to let Kathie know how you would like to help.

Members Doing Mission

We have been home for a few days now from our trip to Belize. It has taken me this long to process the immense experience our family had. The four of us packed lightly for our trip and then checked four extra large duffels. Those bags were busting with the generous donations of our family, friends, and church members. We were blessed to be able to distribute the 650 toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, 9 glucometers, lancettes and teststrips, 6 blood pressure kits, 10 basketballs, 5 ball pumps, 4 basketball nets, and 18 basketball wristbands.
 
Our first full day in Belize was the day of our Tarr Basketball Camp. We couldn’t hang up our new basketball nets at the outdoor court at St. Joseph’s primary school because the eyelets on the hoops were so badly rusted and corroded. The asphalt surface was hot in the sun and not as smooth as you might be used to, which wouldn’t have been a big deal, until we saw the children waiting for us. Half of them did not have shoes, and the other half wore flip flops. The older kids really had some skills, but each time they would cut to the basket or jump for a rebound, my feet burned in sympathy.
 
After our camp was over we had a chance to speak with the school’s principal. Ms. Joyce Lynn was so thrilled to have us work with her kids because she had been hoping to get a basketball team organized for the next school year. She was already excited to ‘win’ but knew she was going to have to figure out jerseys for the team before they could compete. I just kept thinking, ‘Don’t they need shoes first?’
 
While Chad spent time doing some rural medical outreach, the kids and I visited two primary schools to pass out toothbrushes and give oral health presentations to each of the classrooms. We started at St. Joseph’s Primary School in Cotton Tree where we had done our basketball a couple of days before. The school was composed of a few concrete buildings holding classrooms and a bathroom with no other facilities. The classrooms had wide open windows to help keep the rooms ventilated and as cool as possible. The buildings were painted a bright turquoise and the children looked smart in their navy and blue uniforms. Our pediatric dentist in Louisville had equipped us with a dental model, disclosing dye, and some activities to make the health information a little more fun and a little more interesting. Tono with PathLight carried a big duffle bag full of our donated toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss and gently reminded us that the teachers could probably use a toothbrush as well. We went from one classroom to the next reaching 440 children ages 4 through 13 and all their teachers. At the last classroom one of the basketball campers shouted out, “Where’s Chad?’ We were touched that they realized one of us was missing and even remembered his name.
 
The second day we traveled in a different direction to Frank’s Eddy to visit the primary school there. When we arrived at the school and entire building was vacant. It had become so infested with bats it was unsafe for the children. They had moved those children to a nearby school temporarily and would have to tear down the building and rebuild it. The remaining three classes were the youngest children and the first one proved one of the most challenging for us. After we had begun our now well rehearsed speech, it was obvious that the children did not understand much English. With the help of the teacher, our limited Spanish vocabulary, and a lot of gesturing we made our presentation. For the first time at the end we decided to do a group picture. The children congregated at the end of the classroom, lined up in their yellow and brown uniforms. Everyone showed their teeth in big smiles and Rivers and Sawyer joined the group. Suddenly, the teacher exclaimed she had forgotten something. She went to the other side of the room and only then did we notice a small girl still sitting at her desk. The teacher picked her up and mentioned that she had a vitamin deficiency. She was a ten year old girl in a very small body, with malformed legs that could not hold her up. The teacher returned to the group, holding the girl. Later that night, Sawyer shared that seeing the girl’s condition was the hardest part of the trip for him. For me, seeing the teacher’s love and care was one of the best.
 
I was surprised at the impact of our time in Belize. I wanted this to be a bonding time for our family and for our children to see how fortunate they are. I didn’t anticipate how well they would navigate the challenges we faced or how easily they could interact with the Belizian children. I also didn’t anticipate what passionate advocates for the Belizians they would become. I learned a lot from our trip, but it was the example Rivers and Sawyer showed me that surprised me.
 
Thank you to all our friends and family- for your prayers and well wishes, donations and support. I hope you know the difference that you made in the lives of the people we met in Belize and how blessed we feel to have had this opportunity.
 
Skye Tarr

"Back at the Creekbank" Musical Summer Camp 

Darla Talbert will lead a musical camp called "Back at the Creekbank" June 5th-9th from 1-4 p.m. at the church. It will cost $75.00 for one child, and $70 for each additional child for rising kindergartners and up. Preschoolers are welcome to participate as well, but will need a parent or grandparent chaperone. At the end of this fun week, the children will perform their musical on Friday night, June 9th and in worship on June 11th. Please click here to register your child.  

Habitat for Humanity: In Partnership with Anchorage Presbyterian Church

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope through housing solutions of home ownership, community development and home repair.  Together, Habitat allows us to work to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. 

As a community of faith, we are called to “Love our neighbor as ourselves”, to be mindful of where we store our treasures, and to live out our faith in Christ through service to “least of these.”  We ask you as members of this faith community to make this a matter of conscience and purpose; to place in the hearts, minds and souls of people everywhere that poverty level housing is unacceptable. 

You are invited to come hear about opportunities for service and involvement for every member of your family regardless of their age.  Certainly, hands on hammer-and-nail construction events are the best known ways to help, but there are other ways to make a difference too.  Some of those may be:  painting, landscaping, homebuyer engagement, mentoring, preparing meals for volunteers, and other projects. 
Friday, March 10th
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
APC Fellowship Hall
Individuals, families and children are welcome.
We will share a simple meal, hear some updates about Habitat, learn about ways to get involved, and then together, we will prepare a meal that will be served the following day to volunteers at Habitat!
 
If you have additional questions, you may contact:  Bill Jewell  bjewell@louisvillehabitat.org

Please RSVP to apc@win.net or call the church office at 245-5818.

Mid-Kentucky Presbytery Disaster Relief Project 

When a tornado, flood, or hurricane devastates a community, people scramble to deal with the chaos and to recover. They need practical help – fast. We can make a difference by contributing items for hygiene kits. Each hygiene kit in a one gallon zip lock bag includes: 
-1 hand towel 
-1 washcloth 
-1 wide tooth comb 
-1 nail clipper 
-1 bar of unscented soap (bath size in wrapper) 
-1 toothbrush (in original packaging) 
- 10 Band-Aids 

During Mayor Fischer’s week of service in April 2017, Louisville Presbyterians and their friends will pack 1,000 (or more!) disaster relief kits. Mid KY Presbytery will cover the cost of shipping the kits to a distribution storage facility in Arkansas. The kits will be ready to help when the next natural disaster strikes in the US or around the world. 

We will gather the supplies at our church and will need someone to volunteer to bring supplies or completed kits on Sunday, April 23, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. or Monday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Strathmoor Presbyterian Church, corner of Bardstown Road and Hawthorne Avenue. On Saturday, April 29, from 1-3 p.m. volunteers will assemble the hygiene kits at Strathmoor Presbyterian Church and all are invited to help with this effort. 

Creative Person Wanted

to arrange and display some church Memorabilia, perhaps shadow-box style. The family of our beloved Joyce Burger dropped by some of Joyce’s possessions related to Anchorage Presbyterian Church. It would be nice to preserve these items and make them available to the congregation.

Is there anyone out there  who might be interested in such a project?

Our Concerns

 
From our Church Family: Katherine Trentham, Lindy Estep, Rich Revell, Brian Rublein, Dotty Hockenbury, Carlene Clay, Mary Dan Haney, Herb & Mary Bell, Sue & Dick Pollock, Starr Kaiser, Nicki St. Ledger, Judy Pearsall
 
Extended Family and Friends: Journey Oakley (great niece of Julie Kaebnick), Lois O’Hara, Cindy Terwiske (sister of Darla Talbert), Jim Sprague (brother of Pat Welsh), Judy Farmer (sister of Mary Jo Davis), Erik Wolf (friend of Terry & Nina McMahon), Bellewood Children, Presbyterian Missionaries Worldwide
  
Active Military: Erin Jewell Brown, Michael Gaar, David McGarvey, Tyler Ross, Alexander Vestal
 
The people of Afghanistan, Ukraine, Syria, Sudan, Palestine, Israel, and Iraq
Christian sympathy is extended to the Asher family upon the death of Brittany's grandmother, Jacquie Williams.

Session Members

 
Class of 2017                  Class of 2018               Class of 2019
Larry Cashen                   Kathy Doughten          Catie Bayne
John Harryman               George Hoge                Mary Jo Davis
Pat Wetherton                  Bill Jessee                     Patricia Tague
Luke Purnell                    Jimmy Nicholson          Don Walker
Edward Trentham

Deacons

Class of 2017                  Class of 2018               Class of 2019
Brooks Alexander           Chris Boone                  Rick Ary
Rachel Alexander           Sylvia Hagy                  Judy Robbins
Don Cunningham           Judy Long                     Susan Tucker
Jo Galloway                     Dodie McKenzie
Sue Russell       
Katherine Trentham 

March Greeters

March 5            Sarah & Jimmy Nicholson
March 12          Judy Long
March 19          Pam & Bruce Milligan
March 26          Wendy & Bill Jewell

EACM Need of the week

March 5           Rice & beans
March 12         Canned meat
March 19         Juice
March 26         Detergent & toiletries 

March Birthdays

1    Annie Edwards, Juanita Wagner
2    Sarah Buhl, Patricia Tague, Pat Welsh
3    Matt Torgerson
6    Chris Boone, Matthew Marino
9    Emily Steltenpohl
10  Alex Vestal
12  Charles Crase
12  Hal Miller, Reece King, Jim Nicholson
13  Wendy Jewell
17  Natalie Searle, Jacob Yunker
18  Barb Sweet
21  Max Houston, Kathy Revell
24 Jay Buhl, Maggi Donnell
25  Emma Reck, Grace Reck, Emily Searle
27  Stella Donnell
29  Stuart Hoge
30  Katherine Trentham
31  Sean Orr
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